Top 20 Whiskies of 2020

#12 • Old Overholt Bottled in Bond Rye

Old Overholt Bottled in bond rye bottle shot
  • Rank: 12
  • Year: 2020
  • Score: 93
  • Price: $25
  • ABV: 50%
  • Style: Straight Rye
  • Place of Origin: Kentucky

This veteran rye never managed to ascend from the bottom shelf. Perhaps a new generation of enthusiasts couldn’t get behind the staid name, or found the price too low to believe. But having persevered for over two centuries, Old Overholt’s time has come. This new version (indicated by its red cap) eliminates chill-filtering, resulting in greater flavor and depth. Aromas of Christmas spice cake, cinnamon, apple, and toasted grain lead to a mouthful of berry fruit, with seductive allspice, cacao, and walnut notes. What’s old is new again! —Jeffery Lindenmuth